Branson’s Centennial Graduation provided a send-off as unique as the Class of 2020
On Friday, June 5, Branson celebrated its Centennial class — the Class of 2020 — with a graduation ceremony in two parts. In the morning, seniors came to campus for a “Diploma Parade,” in which they looped the Branson field in decorated cars with their families (and, sometimes, pets). As the faculty and staff and their families cheered them on, they received diplomas, posed for photos under the traditional floral graduation arch, and made their first procession through campus as alumni.
In the evening, we honored the Class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony reminiscent of Branson’s traditional graduation. The hour-long program included student speakers chosen by the class, Ruby Clarke ’20 and Peyton Mullarkey ’20, a presentation of the Mt. Tam Cup by Senior Class Presidents Louisa Conte ’20 and Benji Wu ’20, and remarks from Head of School Chris Mazzola. The ceremony also featured special surprise messages from California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom ’92 and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr. Music, a video tribute from the class of 2020, and a slideshow of photos also added fun, and a healthy dose of nostalgia, to the evening.
We are also excited to share that the bridge over Ross Creek that leads to the quad has been renamed “The Class of 2020 Centennial Bridge” in honor of the 2020 graduating class.
We are immensely grateful to the graduation team who, despite immense limitations, produced two remarkable events that honored our Seniors in such a joyful, celebratory, and unique way. Thank you to Carol Herter, Meredith Herrera, Chris Mazzola, Sabrina Wilson, Amy Knaus, Lori Deibel, Justin Culley, DiAnn Montemayor, Cecile Lelievre, Jenni Owen-Blackmon, Dave Schneider, Santiago Gasca and the facilities team, Rebecca Houser, Nathalio Gray, and all of our many faculty and staff volunteers whose efforts made the day a success.